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Boudreaux #3

Easy Melody

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Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?

Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.

But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.

235 pages

First published November 10, 2015

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Kristen Proby

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Kristen Proby has published more than fifty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, The Big Sky Series, as well as others.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats and dog.

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163 reviews308 followers
November 24, 2015
Her eyes have their own vocabulary,
what a beautiful language to learn.
5 #CerealAndNetflix STARS

Declan and Callie .. ♥

"This is all very sexy," I reply truthfully.
"Wait till you see me in a tool belt, darlin'"
I. Can't. Even.


"You don't wear underwear either?"
I look up at him through my lashes
and send him a coy grin.

I'm done for. HONESTLY I AM. Could this novel be any more PERFECT? For starters .. like the novels prior, the series is focused in none other than New Orleans. My heart belongs in the French Quarter and I definitely NEED to make my way over there YESTERDAY especially if these Boudreaux men are walking around there. Speaking of Boudreaux men .. this is Declan's story *Dreamy Eyes*. He can sing, and what can be better than that? Until he takes you out on a date. Out of every place to take Callie he takes her to a football game. NOT any football game of course it had to be a Saints game. As soon as I read that I couldn't help but break out in the cheesiest grin. Hands down one of the most underrated teams in the NFL and of course my FAVOURITE team! So at this point I'm thinking on ways to steal Declan for myself. Then he invites Callie to help him renovate his place!? This couple couldn't be any more PERFECT .. seriously #RelationshipGoals. However Declan,/i> isn't one for commitment even though he's supposedly and I quote "the most romantic" from all the brothers. Callie might help change his thinking and if she doesn't .. I GLADLY will.

"My eyes are up here, Declan."
"I'm aware," I reply lazily without looking up.


It's the closet thing to bliss
I've ever experienced.
It's even better than performing and
I didn't know that was possible.

So I'm sure everyone has heard the term #NetflixAndChill. At first I was like this term is AWESOME .. I love Netflix and just lounging about until I heard the innuendo HAHA clever! When I saw that Netflix was a suggestion I was thinking awe sh*t here we go .. then of course Declan being Declan there wasn't any "chilling" (AT THAT TIME) but CEREAL #BlessHisSoul. #NetflixAndCereal should be a thing or just the opposite because the definition of it is just watching Netflix with your SIGNIFICANT other and eating cereal because he can't cook for the life of him (in Declan's case anyhow). Even though he can't cook .. not necessarily a deal breaker .. he can just order your favourite food and have IT SHIPPED to you and share it with you on a rooftop (SO MUCH BETTER). This amazing #BookCouple take a trip out to Seattle .. YESYEYESYES we all KNOW what that means #SeriesCrossover. We are re-introduced to a few couples from a series Kristen Proby had written before. If you haven't read that one then you must be living under a rock! That series was one of the ones to influence me to make a profile on GoodReads. I won't say I recommend this novel in particular because I recommend Kristen Proby her books are PHENOMENAL. She draws up a killer set of characters, an exquisite city, and a beautiful story.

It's always have and never hold
You've begun to feel like home ..►♫


It's in this moment that I know
I'm lost to her, forever.
She doesn't just own my heart,
she is my heart.

Easy Melody Kristen Proby
Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1) by Kristen Proby Easy Charm (Boudreaux, #2) by Kristen Proby Easy Melody (Boudreaux, #3) by Kristen Proby
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3,380 reviews1,990 followers
April 10, 2017
Currently on sale for $1.99

4 'I've adjusted my sails' Stars

Callie Mills left New Orleans fifteen years ago and never thought there would be a day when she returned. But when her father dies she has to come to settle his affairs, only to learn that he left her his bar. The bar she hated for taking her dad away from her and dropping him in a bottle of alcoholism. Her plan to sell it fast and leave again has to be changed when she learns that the bar won't sell easily. Finally decided to stay she fixes up the bar and makes it a place of her own.

Declan Montgomery missed playing his guitar at They Odyssey while it was closed for repairs, but what he missed even more was getting to watch the hot bar owner behind the bar each night. When the bar opens back up and he starts his gigs again he decides to finally ask her out. Callie isn't going to give in easily but Declan isn't going to give her up easily either.

Kristen Proby is one of my go to authors and I have re-read all of her books multiple times. I love how she not only focuses on the main characters, but she has so many secondary and family characters. It makes her stories more realistic to me and I really like how there's such a strong presence of a loving family in each book. And I especially liked that we got to see some of the Montgomery's in this book and got a little update on them.

Callie and Declan's story really intrigued me when we got a little glimpse of them at the end of Rhy's book and I thought the wait for it would kill me. But I survived and got to read an amazing book! I liked how their story wasn't full of a bunch of drama that took away from their romance and a lot of their book was them getting to know one another. They became friends before getting into a deeper relationship and even though their friendship was quick to become more I liked that we got to see them getting to know each other some before that happened.

As always, KP delivered us a swoon worthy hero and an independent heroine who I loved. Declan was a very laid back kind of guy but he was fast to show people that he cared about them. I liked his character and, though he's not my favorite because that spot will stay Rhy's for a very long time, I really enjoyed getting his story and learning more about his music and how into it he was. He and Callie were great together and I liked how the interacted. She was a strong heroine and after she was done second guessing her relationship with Declan, she was all in and I never doubted her loyalty to him. I loved her personality and the mix of girly and tomboy-ish she had going on.

To wrap this up, Easy Melody was a sweet, heartwarming, and melt-your-panties sexy story about a guitar playing hero and tattooed bar owner heroine who had perfect chemistry. The Boudreaux series is fast becoming one of my favorite and I can't wait for more. Next up is Charly's story and after that little teaser we got at the end of this book I already know it will be as amazing as the rest of the series.
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896 reviews1,974 followers
January 18, 2016
3 Sweet Stars.

After losing her job and boyfriend in the same day, Callie moves back to New Orleans, to take over her late father’s bar. There she meets her “brother” friend, a musician named Declan and both of them are immediately taken aback with each other.
Declan wasn’t looking for anything serious. Callie wasn’t looking for anything at all. But sometimes the best things are the unexpected ones.


This was a sweet and sexy romance book, but in no way my Kristen Proby favorite. It was entertaining and it was in no way a bad book, I just felt underwhelmed by the story. There was not much interesting stuff happening, as the story followed a very predictable story line and the big twist was a big misunderstanding that could have been solved with a 2 minute talk. Hell, even with one 40 words text message. I hate when the big twists in romance books are stupid and unnecessary misunderstandings and that was one of the main reasons I didn’t like this book as much as her other books.
However, this still is a nice romance book so if you’re a fan of the author or if you just like a light romance, this book is a nice choice.

Rating: 3 Stars.
Characters Development: Declan was sweet and sexy, but to be fair, he didn’t had the “musician“ vibe. Callie was also sweet and honest, and in a way similar to pretty much all others Kristen Proby heroines. It was nice to see more of the family, though.
Steam: Hot.
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957 reviews205 followers
March 9, 2017

1 What happened?? stars

I adored the first two books in this series and I was so excited to read sexy musician Declan’s book. Sadly this book did not live up to my expectations.

Spoilers ahead

The editing was really bad, making it difficult to determine time lapses and everything about this romance felt rushed and poorly done. We go from Callie disliking Declan in the first few pages, then suddenly agreeing to a date when he tells her he’s taking her out, them having a good time, interacting like people who has known each other a long time and suddenly having sex on said first date. Whiplash, they is my friend. After Declan takes Callie home the next morning he doesn’t contact her for four days, she understandably gets upset, he doesn’t understand why, and they become weird friends without benefits for a few weeks. Then Declan decides he wants more than mere friendship and suddenly they are in a relationship. Everything was backwards with these two in the beginning and even their sex scenes felt rushed. And for a man who loves women, Declan sure doesn’t understand them very well. Giving a woman space for one and a half days to cool down after you really messed up is not okay, especially since explanations were very much needed. And for such a strong and independent woman, Callie was way too insecure and weepy. And all the misunderstandings…. *sigh*

And the Ben and Savannah moment?? In the first two books everyone kept saying that Ben has been in love with Savannah since puberty, of course seeing as she was married in the first book to a total asshole I have no idea why they never got together, but suddenly in this book it seemed that Savannah was drunk texting Ben and he came to fetch her and to take her home. Did I skip a few chapters, some crucial information???

It pains me to say anything negative about books from this author, because I love this series and her writing, but this book was the total opposite of the amazing first two. Hopefully the next book will be back to what I’ve come to expect and crave from this series.

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1,506 reviews131 followers
January 3, 2016
Declan definitely pulls at my heartstrings

Callie as been away for a long time an as had to come back to New Orleans after finding out her father died an he left her his bar The Odyssey she hadn't planned on stayin but things changed pretty quick an she decided to make a go on the bar an make it better than ever
Declan as work at The Odyssey for a while an he likes workin there but Callie bein there makes it so much better he thinks she is the sexiest woman ever her long legs an she is alway in killer heel she turns Declan inside out but he as never been a guy to have girlfriends he just sleeps with them but he alway tell them how it's goin to go he never promises a HEA but there is something about Callie that gives him the funny feeling

Callie as had a hard up bringing an had to grown up pretty fast she still as a few issues goin on an she need people to honest with her she finds it hard to trust people but Declan just seem different she tells him stuff that she asnt told anyone before an this makes there relationship grow quick but they both can't seem to get enough of each other sexual they r explosive they spend time talkin an chillin together they just fit so well but sometimes they needto communicate better an this is where things go wrong

I m totally in luv with this series but I luv everything KP does it was really good to see how caring an kind Declan is an how much he luvs his family an it was great to see his feels get stronger for Callie I felt sorry sorry for Callie is parts of this book after findin out her past but the way Declans family were with her was so nice the girls just made her feel like 1 of the family an this is what Callie needs I really like her she as such a sassy side an I luv that is a female character an this as me super excited about the teaser we got at the end it as me dyin to read Charlys book she is 1 of my fave in this series I would actually really like to get a book about Adam I really luvd how much he cared about Callie an was there for her so I am hopin that he gets a book I would highly recommend this book it's so good everything about it is great I really enjoyed it an lookin forward to more xxx

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672 reviews
November 12, 2015
Easy Melody is my favourite so far in the Boudreaux series. The romance between Callie and Declan is beautiful.

Callie comes back to New Orleans after she inherits The Odyssey a bar after her father dies, it is a dive so she renovates it with her best friend Adam and re-opens and the place is a roaring success.

Declan is a talented musician who performs at The Odyssey on the weekends and he has been looking forward to the re-opening and getting to know a certain bar owner.

Callie and Declan start getting to know each other and spending lots of time together doing various things including having lots of sizzling sex. I loved their relationship the way they progressed with no major drama with only a little communication breakdown that causes problems.

As always with a KP book we get the family gatherings with the rest of the Boudreaux family which guarantees lots of LOL moments and we visit some old friends in Seattle which I adored. Easy Melody has everything you expect from a KP story plenty of romance, laughs, sweet moments and great ladies and bossy sexy men. Told from dual POV's..

Looking forward to Charly and Simon's story next
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1,446 reviews1,154 followers
September 17, 2018
I think I'm addicted...

I can't seem to get enough of the Boudreaux family. Easy Melody was again a very easy story to listen to. Declan has been on my mind for a while and I am not surprised that his love interest was going to be strong, independent and very sexy in an original and quirky way.

Easy Melody was very sexy, low on angst and high on family connections. It was very easy to listen to the story and again I think the narrators do a fabulous job. The characters came alive for me and I really enjoyed seeing their growth and love strengthen. At times their lack of communication frustrated me, but this is something that grows with the relationship. Seriously, this was probably the HOTTEST of the series so far. Declan and Callie really are HOT together.

I love that this family proved my theory about finding the right partner. As a young person but I don't think there's an age limit, we think we know the right person for us. Love blinkers can blind us to faults, excuse intolerable behaviours and make us forget past hurts. But, family see it all, know the person we are and what we should expect from a partner. So, if mum, dad and siblings don't like your partner, look at your partner a little harder. It's not that they want you alone, they want you to have your happy ever after just as much as you want it. Obviously, this is not always the case just my observations of real life.

Love this series and I will definitely be going on.

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303 reviews66 followers
November 12, 2015

Honestly, I don't even know why I keep reading this series. Ah yeah, only because I want to read Ben and Van's story.
Other than that, this one was terrible! The insta-love was just ridiculous. Seriously? Where's the build up?!


I really though this was going to be Ben and Van's story. Gah!
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871 reviews1,250 followers
November 13, 2015
*ARC Given to Blog for Honest Review*

4 “bossy” “little things” “I’ve adjusted my sails” Kisses

It’s official – I’m moving to New Orleans! I cannot stand being separated from the Boudreaux family any longer. With each and every book in the Boudreaux Series I fall more and more in love with these characters…Eli made me drool in Easy Love …Rhys made me swoon in Easy Charm and Declan just rocked my face off. Each book is based off of a different set of couples, so they can technically be read as standalones, but the story lines continue to build off of each other the further we go into the series (which is part of the wonderful magic that I love about series in the first place!), so of course I recommend reading all of them. Plus…if you love romance in any way shape or form…then you absolutely cannot go wrong with these books!

Calliope Marie Mills…this girl is hell in heels and I loved her to pieces! I really connected a lot with Callie…we actually have a lot in common…both 5’9” (yay tall girls!)…both only children (we’re a special breed…what can I say)…both blondes…she’s very independent, very strong minded and very determined, which I like to think I am as well, she just pulls it off better than I do! After basically raising herself in New Orleans, she got out the first chance she had and never really looked back…until she had to. Coming back home brings up a lot of ghosts for her…mostly the emotional kind. My heart hurt for her…she is so strong in so many ways, but emotionally she is very closed off and for good reason too. I like that once she put her mind to something, she went at it full force...she gave everything her best effort and I appreciated that about her. Her attitude and personality is what really pulled me to her…she’s kind of a bad-ass-take-the-bull-by-the-horns kind of girl and she doesn’t show her vulnerable side…like ever. But one dreamy musician got her to break down her walls.

“I want to talk with you, learn you, lose myself in you. All of those things. And I don’t have any experience in that shit, but damn it, I want it with you. Because those little things, Callie? The talking as I walk you to your car, or laughing with you as we demo my house? Eating pizza on the porch? They aren’t little things to me. I’ve never done that with any other woman that I’m not related to by blood. I never wanted to.
“Until you, and it’s confused the hell out of me. All I want is a chance to start this over with you. We did it all backwards, and that’s on me. I get it. But damn it, let me try it again, because if you don’t, it’ll be the biggest regret of my life.”

Declan Francis Boudreaux…the Boudreaux boys, they’re just made out of something special. Charmers…the lot of them! Dec is the baby boy of the family, second youngest sibling and he’s a little different from Eli and Beau – they are all business and Declan is the creative type, but that was one of the things I loved best about him. Then again I love a lot of things about Declan…he’s got the southern accent combined with the fact that he can speak French perfectly (don’t ask me why that does things to me…lots of amazingly wonderful things). He’s also a giant, just like his brothers – well, 6’4”, but still…that’s enough for me. Just yum! And the yumminess doesn’t stop there…clearly he’s got the TDH (tall, dark and handsome) thing down and the signature Boudreaux golden eyes that I could stare into all day. He’s charming and smooth, he’s funny and has so much charisma it should be illegal...but he’s also very chill and laid back. But above all things his talent and passion for music was probably the thing that made him most attractive…there is just something about a guy who can play an instrument (I’m not picky!) and sing…that’s just instant 1 million swoon factor points.

“What?” she asks with a grin.
“I love the way you shrug into your badass,” I reply before kissing her forehead. “And I love that I’m the only one who gets to see you when you take it off.”

Oh…Callie and Dec are just…fun! Fun seems like a very simple word to really describe them…but it’s the most concise description of what their relationship was and what they made me feel. There are no pretenses when it comes to Callie and Declan…they are genuine, real and down to earth…granted they have two different personalities but in this case, opposites attract very well. Their passion was insane…I mean they practically combusted and I loved how in lust they were with each other…it was addictive. I also loved the simple things…the way he walked her to her car and made her feel safe, how much she enjoyed helping him renovate his house, how they were perfectly comfortable doing anything and nothing…just as long as they were together…that’s really all that mattered. Everything with Callie and Dec just felt more...more intense, more unique, just more - and maybe it was because neither of them had really felt this kind of connection before, so it was more for them in every sense of the word. I also l-o-v-e-d more than words when there was a surprise connection to the With Me In Seattle Series…I didn’t expect it or even see it coming but it was so flippin' awesome.

“Tonight wouldn’t have been half as special without you. And not just because of all of this, which I love, but because when I’m with you—”
He kisses my hand and squeezes it three times. “When you’re with me?”
“I just feel better. I feel more.” His eyes widen and then darken. “Emotions are brighter, and that’s the only way I can describe it.”
“I think that’s a beautiful way to describe it,” he whispers before he pulls me in and kisses the hell out of me. “You are more, Callie. We’re more.”
I nod and brush my fingertips down his cheek, his neck. “I like it.”
A slow smile spreads over his sexy face. “I like it too.”

Kristen Proby packs a deadly force…the sex and the swoon. She feeds my inner dirty book whore lover just right…every time – I don’t know how she does it but it’s fantastically sensual and never, ever gets old! And just when she lulls me into my sexy happy place, she hits me with all the right things to melt my heart – it’s the perfect combination and I simply cannot stop myself from loving it. The angst was minimal, but I don’t read Kristen for angst…I read her for pure, unadulterated, amazing romance. The relationships that she develops with her couples is one of my favorite feels of all time…it’s a very unique and indescribable experience, but my heart just feels like it’s going to burst from being so blissfully happy. The other thing she writes beautifully that I love almost as much as the romantic relationship…the family dynamic. It doesn’t matter who is involved or what they were doing…the way the Boudreaux’s interact is just one of a kind. The siblings have this wonderful and unique bond that I absolutely cannot get enough of and their mother is just as amazing as her children. Even their father…while he is not physically present in this book, his memory always serves a purpose and it just makes me adore them that much more.

“What do you need?”
He sighs and rubs his fingers over his mouth.
“I need you to talk to me too,” he replies softly. “I need your brutal honesty, always. I need your body against me every day, and I need to be inside you more than I need my next breath.”
“That sounds good to me,” I whisper.
“I need music, Callie. It’s my soul. It’s been my only constant, until you.”
“You’re damn good at it,” I reply echoing his words. “What else?”
“I need your friendship. Your patience. I need my family, even if they are a pain in my ass most of the time.” He smiles. “I need to protect you, keep you safe. And I know this is going to piss you off a little, but I need to take care of you.”
“I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I mean, I like taking care of myself because that’s all I’ve ever known, but I’m adjusting my sails, and getting used to you taking care of me.”
“Good.” He sighs, the tension finally leaving his tall, lean body. “I just need you, baby.”

The ending was magical…I mean it never really took a whole lot to take me to my happy place with these two but I was giddy over everything that happened. It was exactly what I wanted for them and I don’t think I could love it more if I tried. I never really like finishing a book I enjoy, but I can’t lie…part of the fun of getting to the end of Kristen’s books is finding out which sibling is going to be next…and it’s not who I expected but I’m still super excited. It’s Charly’s turn! And her guy is British – be still my beating heart! I’m ready to count down the days until Easy Kisses comes out in March!

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950 reviews385 followers
January 3, 2017
#loved —> http://amzn.to/1FxR2N4

I need to start by saying that I love the Boudreaux family! This book is the story of Declan Boudreaux, the youngest male sibling.

Declan is a musician, a man who followed his heart and took to the stage while staying local to his family and roots in New Orleans.

Callie Mills is the new owner of one of Declan’s favorite hangouts the Odyssey. Callie became the new owner when her father passed away; the story surrounding Callie and her father pulled at my heart strings and played into the story as it unfolded.

Declan and Callie have a clear attraction to each other, one that when they give into was hot! Though I think anyone who has read a Kristen Proby book would expect that!

Declan is a man who never truly connected with a woman before, yes he had many but none who touched him. Though it was clear Callie did, it was entertaining to witness him wrestle with that and often be a completely clueless man, something his brother and Ben had so much fun pointing out!

I did love Declan!

"Your love is like a song, and our song is an easy melody that plays, over and over, in my heart. Some days it's slow and sweet, and other days it's fast and loud, but it's always love. It’s my favorite song."

Callie and Declan build a friendship that runs deeper than just their physical attraction.

I loved how independent Callie was, she was a savvy business woman determined to re-build the Odyssey! I also loved that as the book moved forward Callie learned that independent doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. I think for me that may have been one of the best parts of this story.

It was so clear that Callie was affected by Declan like no one before in her life:

"When you're with me?"
"I just feel better. I feel more." His eyes widen and then darken.
"Emotions are brighter, and that's the only way I can describe it."

Ms. Proby has become infamous for her world building and for creating a cast of characters the pulls the reader in. In Easy Melody, we not only get to continue to fall further in love with the Boudreaux family, we also get a new man to love, Callie’s best friend Adam. Adam made for some wonderful scenes and I am so excited that Adam is getting a happy in Easy for Keeps http://amzn.to/1kMEZra.

Speaking of Ms. Proby’s worlds… I love the twist that tied some of the cast members from Ms. Proby’s With Me in Seattle series, this series of scenes not only provided a much needed visit with this cast that I loved but it also showcased Declan’s big heart and the developing relationship between Callie and Declan.

Speaking of family dynamics, in this one Mrs. Boudreaux or Mama as they call her had a number of very touching scenes.

In the end these two embrace what they find in each other:

"I wasn't expecting you, Declan Boudreaux," I begin and grin at him. "You were not a part of any of my plans, but you were the best surprise I've ever been given, the piece of my puzzle that I didn't know was missing."

I so hope we get Ben and Savannah (Declan’s twin sister) soon as this one only added to me wanting these two to get together and build a forever happy!

The epilogue is a short and cute look into the next story Easy Kisses, the story of Simon and Charly. This was an adorable look at this sassy Boudreaux sister for whose story I can’t wait for.
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2,038 reviews198 followers
November 15, 2015
*Ok, so let me begin by saying this is probably more of a 4 star read for me normally. But there were a couple of things that I related to on a personal level, that I don't think other people will even notice maybe, that bumped it up to 5 stars for me.*

I enjoyed reading Declan and Callie's story so very much. It's a very sweet low angst romance. They are both very good characters and good together. Declan is a musician that performs in local bars around New Orleans. He's been pretty much a player until he met Callie. He's a super sweetheart, but he has some moments where I wanted to hit him on the forehead with the palm of my hand. But I loved him. The good definitely outweighed the bad. And of course he's one of the Boudreaux siblings. Callie has returned to New Orleans after being away for 15 years to run/own The Odessy, a bar, after her father's death. She is a very savvy business woman and very creative. She's very strong woman though she doesn't give herself enough credit for being so. She was a great h, and I found myself relating to her reactions to lots of situations.

I loved Declan and Callie's relationship. They have so much fun together doing the small things that really turn out to be the big things when you are building a life together. They had some fun doing some big things too. I loved them together. I feel like their relationship is real and lasting. They were friends and lovers. In fact their relationship was written so well, I felt like the conflict was a bit manufactured. Though miscommunication certainly is realistic. But still, I believe in their HEA.

The whole Boudreaux family is back in this book.There is even an appearance by Will and Meg Montgomery and Leo and Sam Nash from the WITH ME IN SEATTLE series. It was good to check in with them. That family is still growing! The family dynamic that Kristen Proby has in all her books/series is a large part of what keeps me coming back to her books again and again. They just make me feel happy! If you're a fan, or just want to try it out, I recommend it. This can be read as a stand alone, but I think you will get the most enjoyment by reading the books in order. I can't wait for the next book. I really hoped it would be Van and Ben, but it will be Charly and a new guy- Simon. Happy reading!!

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2,982 reviews866 followers
January 3, 2018
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Easy Melody is a story that takes us back to New Orleans and this sexy family and a sizzling story where music is the heart....

I truly had a blast with Easy Melody and it was a bit different than the previous books which I really had a blast with. I truly liked how compatible these key players are with each other so without further ado...let's talk!!

Callie Mills, our lovely heroine, has just lost her father and has come from Washington State to New Orleans to decided what to do what the bar he ran and whether she wants to stay in New Orleans and the man that makes her feel alive
Declan Boudreaux is musically talented in every real way, his heart is music, and very successful in everything he does. Declan is a bit of a playboy, never does serious relationships until now.

Easy Melody was one of those stories that started out a bit slow I will be honest. I did take a little while for me to get fully into it but once I was into it I just didn't want to put this story away!! NOPE, I just wanted to keep listening all day to this off the charts sensual romance that made me laugh out loud and grin like some silly person. And seriously once this book was done I just wanted to do a dance in the streets. That is how good it was.
Your love is like a song, and our song is an easy melody that plays, over and over, in my heart. Some days it's slow and sweet, and other days it's fast and loud, but it's always love. It’s my favorite song

What made the biggest impression on me for this book, was the relationship that develops between Declan and Callie. Both of them are so in tune with each other they just don't fully realize it at the beginning of their "courtship". At first, they just have great chemistry and once they get to the bedroom, there is enough heat it will fog up your winter windows. But they also just constantly have the easiest time together just having "fun". They truly just enjoy keeping each other company and their relationship may be pretty high off the charts sexually, but they also form a wonderful friendship that is so endearing. I just wished that these two were real because they are "friend" material. I love how dedicated they are and true to themselves in the simple moments.
She’s still sleeping. She’s warm and sweet, and snores like a lumberjack. Bless her heart.

And boy does this hero know how to date a woman. Once he decides that he wants to pursue Callie for REAL....he goes all out and so creative too. From Netflix and Cereal dates to a Saints football game (and yes our heroine LOVES football) and even more treating her to a Seahawks game in Seattle and meeting up with his musical friends in Seattle. Which also meets we get introduced to some kick ass and simply lively characters from her other series. And boy I love it when an author does crossovers in series and oh my...I just want to pick this series up NOW because they were so fun. :)

What was so refreshing about this story was the "romance". There is such a strong focus on their relationship, seeing them being so "normal". Going on dates, laughing and being quirky together and having such warm moments build between them and a bit of drama but truly I loved the drama at the end. I had no issues with it because it's so REAL. You could totally see this "misunderstanding" happening in real life for us mortals and I truly love this about Kristen Proby's writing. Is that these circumstances that build, are so realistic and as a reader, you can relate so easily.
“I want to talk with you, learn you, lose myself in you. All of those things. And I don’t have any experience in that shit, but damn it, I want it with you. Because those little things, Callie? The talking as I walk you to your car, or laughing with you as we demo my house? Eating pizza on the porch? They aren’t little things to me. I’ve never done that with any other woman that I’m not related to by blood. I never wanted to.
“Until you, and it’s confused the hell out of me. All I want is a chance to start this over with you. We did it all backwards, and that’s on me. I get it. But damn it, let me try it again, because if you don’t, it’ll be the biggest regret of my life.”

We see some real moments with the family and boy the more I read this series the more I am falling in love with this family even more, from the bantering, to the ways they support each other no matter what happens and I love the way that just accepted Callie as a part of their lives. So keep your hats because this book will make you want to learn to "adjust your sails"

The narration for this book is STELLAR AWESOME!! Like honestly there is something about this pair that just wants to keep you listening all day. Sebastian York is one of the most talented male narrators you could ever listen to. His voice is beyond sexy and gives you the tingles. And Rachel Fulginiti is simply so easy to listen to, her voice is so pretty and real does the character's inner voice so well and how she displays emotion and humor is wonderful. You will get a kick out this pair doing this narration together.

A truly heartwarming romance that will make you laugh, cry and everything between!! I can't wait for more.

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1,044 reviews352 followers
September 16, 2016
I always turn to one of my "go to" one clicks when I am in the mood for just a good old fashioned love story. Kristen Proby has always been a favorite!

This is book 3 in her Boudreaux series...following those New Orlean's siblings. This is Declan's story. He is the sweet, single musical genius. The notorious ladies man can drop the panties with his rhythm and smooth sound. He has embraced his reputation and is unprepared for his new found want and need for the new manager of Odyssey...Callie.

Home to restore and possibly sell her late father's club, she too is unprepared for her roots to take hold. Enraptured with the smooth and sexy ways of Declan, she is not bashful about her wants and needs when it comes to him. If only the act of falling and staying in love was easy.

Perhaps that was the problem here. The fall for two people not looking was enough angst. I loved their build up and their friendly foundation. I should have known the unexpected bomb was about to come...I just wish it didn't have to happen. This story was just fine...no more drama was needed and it just made it a bit meh' for me. Still a good read with great heat...just wanted more of a straight line to the finish line!
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2,984 reviews681 followers
February 16, 2019

Now and then i do like easy romance reading. Low angst, low drama, a lot of insta love. When i found this series from miss Proby it does look promising. I like 2 of other books in the series. But easy melody just fail to attract me.

Everything in this book is like a chocolate cake gone wrong. So wrong that i just want to throw it on garbage and forget about it.
The characters are just wrong and not consistence. The story does not support/ enhance the romance of the characters. So so confusing.

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2,931 reviews958 followers
April 6, 2016
“You look like the rest of my life.”

3.5 predictably sweet, sexy and romantic stars

The third book of the Boudreaux series brings us the story of Declan and Callie, and it’s trademark
Kristen Proby all the way. Sweet, sexy, funny, and gorgeously romantic with fantastic family and friend dynamics, it’s comfort food in book form, and I really enjoyed it.

Callie grew up in New Orleans but left town to escape a family tragedy and give herself a fresh start. She has made a life for herself in Denver managing a bar, but the death of her father sees her returning home for the first time in years to take over her her father’s bar in the middle of the French Quarter. It’s a bit worn down, but Callie is a master renovator so she sets about fixing the place up and making it something really special.

Declan Boudreaux is the artist of his family, a talented musician who makes his living by playing in bars. One of his gigs is at The Odyssey, and when he turns up for his first show in the newly renovated bar, he is impressed with the new venue, and even more impressed by the spunky new owner.

All I have to do is take one look at Callie and know that there's a God. And I hope to make her call out his name in thanks in the very near future.

No great surprises where the story is going. There’s great banter and flirting, things quickly progress to smoking hot sexy time and an easy and realistic emotional connection. There is a little bit of drama in this one though – there are some mixed messages and Declan hasn’t really been in a relationship before and has no idea how to handle women – so it takes a little while for them to find their groove. But it becomes the basis for a gorgeous friendship to form between them, with lots of sweet and fun moments as well as some great romantic development, and it’s all handled really well (I especially enjoyed Declan’s sisters getting on his case about how clueless he is).

Both Declan and Callie have a bit of growing to as they sort themselves out and figure out what they want, and even with the little bit of back and forth (and issues that could be SO easily resolved with a quick conversation) this is an easy, natural, mostly functional relationship that is fun, sweet and seriously hot (like, SERIOUSLY hot!!! Piano scene anybody? Phew!).

“What do you need?”
He sighs and rubs his fingers over his mouth
“I need you to talk to me too,” he replies softly. “I need your brutal honesty, always. I need your body against me every day, and I need to be inside you more than I need my next breath.”
“That sounds good to me,” I whisper.
… “I just need you, baby.”

And the swoon is gorgeous!

“I'm lost to her, forever.
She doesn't just own my heart, she is my heart.”

There’s a lot of interaction with Declan’s family and I enjoyed catching up with them. Drunken girls night is always a highlight of Kristen Proby books, and this one is no different, and I love these fabulous women and their antics. There’s continuation for the other couples we’ve already met and continued set up for future stories (the next book will be Charley’s, but damn I want Ben and Savannah’s book!!!), and as a bonus there’s a fantastic tie-in to the Seattle series and I loved the opportunity to catch up with Will, Meg, Sam and Leo and see some story progression for them.

I enjoyed this book. It’s nothing too intense or surprising, but it’s an easy, enjoyable read and just what I was in the mood for. I’m looking forward to continuing on with the series.

3.5 stars.

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2,405 reviews207 followers
October 1, 2018
I listened to the audio version of this.

Declan is part of the Boudreaux siblings and ready to settle down. He is a musician so has had plenty of willing women in his bed but the one he has his eyes on now may take a little bit more effort to impress.

Callie has seen the way Declan works when it comes to girls and she is definitely a commitment girl. Sure he is cute but if he wants her he has to go all in, exclusivity is a non-negotiable.

It turns out that these two have way more in common than they realised, especially their love of DIY and flipping houses. Not only that, his family loves her and everything with Callie just feels so right.

Declan is not used to being with a woman who genuinely cares about him and enjoys spending time with him outside of the bedroom. It's taking some adjusting and at times he confuses Callie with his aloof behaviour.

These two fit together like an Easy Melody so hopefully Declan realises that Callie is the forever girl he has been looking for before things fall out of tune.
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682 reviews137 followers
February 17, 2021
Hoootttt oh my goodness. What is it with paint? 😊 🔥👀. I absolutely loved Declan and Callie and I loved how they were both so self assured and so strong and it was amazing listening both of them together. They were so sweet and sexy and honestly, the scenes... 👀 🔥🔥🔥

My goodness though. The tension and just the drama. Oh my it gets to me. I just want them to kiss and make up. But honestly, the make up sex is hot. Like. How do writers write these scenes??

Callie, oh my goodness, was such a strong heroine. She was amazing amazing amazing and I loved the fact that she was slightly different from Kate who is with Eli (from book #1: Easy Love)

I was simply too satisfied with this read.

I read this on Audible through the Audible Plus Catalogue

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283 reviews16 followers
November 25, 2018
Easy, sweet, sexy book.3,5 stars. I liked the music thing in it. Its a light read. Not a lot of angst. Some stupid misunderstandings but the rest makes up for it.
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967 reviews66 followers
March 4, 2017
I love Declan and Callie. Easy Melody is book 3 of the Boudreaux series and still as interesting and enjoyable as the prior two books. I don't know which member of this family I like best. They are all great.
I added the wispersync audible narration to this Kindle book. There were two different narrators for this book. One for Callie's POV and another for Declan's POV. They both did a good job.
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1,852 reviews225 followers
March 26, 2017
3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked Callie and Declan and enjoyed seeing them get together.

Callie is a bright woman that works managing a bar and flipping houses (buying old houses in bad shape and renovating them and selling them for a profit). Callie's mother died when she was young and she was raised by her father who didn't handle losing his wife well. He basically became a functional alcoholic and Callie grew up taking care of him. She moved away for college and never came back until her father died and she had to come back to handle things.

Declan is one of the many siblings of the Boudreaux family, a family that is wealthy and owns ship building business. Declan isn't a businessman though and has no interest in the family business. Declan is a musician and makes a living doing gigs around New Orleans as well as some songwriting and recording gigs. Declan is a player and doesn't do girlfriends.

When Callie came back to town to bury her father, she found that he left his bar to her. She decided to fix it up and maybe try to sell it but when both her job and boyfriend in Colorado become non-existent at the same time, Callie decides that maybe she'll stick around New Orleans once the bar is fixed up. Declan and Callie meet right after she gets back to town but he doesn't see her for months when she closes down the bar for renovations. Declan is bugged by this because he hasn't been able to get her out of his mind during that whole time and that's not normal for him at all. Callie is attracted to Declan but gets a bad association with him when they first meet and it takes a bit for her to get past her first (erroneous) impression of him.

When Callie's bar reopens, Declan starts playing there every Friday night. The mutual attraction between Declan and Callie is strong so it's not surprising when Declan asks (aka tells) Callie to go out with him and she agrees. They go out and have a great night but Declan doesn't do the relationship thing so he messes up on the followup and Callie dismisses his interest as shallow. Declan wants more than just sleeping with Callie but ends up having to do the "friend" thing in order to get time with Callie. It takes a bit of time but Declan does convince Callie to move past the "just friends" stage. Things aren't easy (you know what assuming makes u and me?) but they do work out in the end, leaving Callie and Declan starting a HEA together.

This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Callie really well. My only real complaint is that for as smart as she seemed, when emotions got high, she assumed the hell out of some crap and cause unneeded drama. But it wasn't too bad and I guess there had to be drama or angst somewhere in the story and (as expected with Proby's writing) even the drama wasn't majorly dramatic. The story was pretty good and was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. Overall, I liked this story and would recommend it.

* note - I listened to the audio version of this story. There were 2 narrators for this story, a male for the parts from Declan's PoV and a female for the parts from Callie's PoV. They both did alright but I really wish they'd figure out if the characters have accents or not and stick with it in both narrations.
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2,717 reviews
March 8, 2019
Callie and Declan were pretty cute in this. Their beginning was rocky, since Declan is a known player and after one hot hookup, he friendzoned her. But, he couldn't fight his attraction to her and they start dating pretty quickly. I love Declan's family, the whole Boudreaux clan and that we get to check on the couples from previous books. This book had plenty of romance, some drama, and fluff. The narration was great and it was a nice, quick read.
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401 reviews142 followers
November 5, 2015
Easy Melody is another outstanding addition to Kristen’s Boudreaux series! Since Easy Love, I’ve been itching to get my grabby hands on Declan Boudreaux and I’m happy to say he did NOT disappoint. Nor did Callie. I knew going in Dec had his eye on her but Callie gave him a “stay away” vibe. I was glad to see he wasn’t staying away any longer; he set his sights on her and made his move. (On a side note, I think Boudreaux is synonymous with bossy because Declan is Mr. Bossy Pants like his brother, Eli, AND I LIKE IT!) Anyhoo, I really loved how neither Callie or Dec wanted “permanent” from anyone. Until they gradually started to envision a different kind of future for themselves … with each other. I loved seeing Declan and Callie get under each other’s skin so effortlessly. I swear, watching them fall in love felt so natural it was like breathing. I feel like they truly were made for each other; they were equally confident and self-assured, and bossy. They knew what they wanted and went for it whether it was business, relationship, or bedroom related ;)
If you’re a fan of Kristen’s, you will INHALE this one (I read it in less than three hours, I couldn’t put it down) and immediately beg for more!
P.S. I FLOVED that I got to hang out with a few of my favorite Seattle people. THANK YOU, Kristen <3This review is also posted on Holly's Red Hot Reviews
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421 reviews49 followers
November 9, 2015
Fine-tuned with solid family roots, Easy Melody outshines its predecessors to become my favorite of The Boudreaux Series. Declan and Callie will capture your heart with their raw connection, while their seductive side will have you screaming for more.

Declan and Callie's story was hot. They complement each other perfectly. Declan was everything you expected him to be and wore the name Boudreaux well. Callie was sassy and defiantly has the special "something" all Proby heroines possess.

The Boudreaux Series combines everything we loved about the With Me Series and giving it that extra kick. Kristen is growing with each series and as excited as I am to check off each book from my TBR list, I am even more excited to add them.

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176 reviews49 followers
February 14, 2016
Da es derzeit keine Bücher mehr in der Boudreaux Serie gibt und man in Easy Melody einen kleinen Einblick in die With Me In Seattle Serie bekommt werde ich jetzt mal schauen was in Seattle so los ist hat ziemlich kompliziert angehört. Und zudem ist Seattle eine meiner Lieblingsstädte unteranderem weil ich die Seattle Seahawks liebe...
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